The two originators of the #MeToo movement were on Meet the Press this morning to discuss the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. Actress Alyssa Milano, who last year sent out the Tweet that relaunched the movement in regards to Harvey Weinstein, took to the airwaves to express her anger.
Tarana Burke, who actually started the concept of “Me Too” in 2006, joined Milano for the second time recently. Like Milano, she was in the audience at the Senate Judicial Committee’s hearings for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Of the two interviewees, Burke’s points were much stronger.
Milano seemed nervous when NBC’s Chuck Todd started asking her questions. By the second question, Burke actually had to jump in to ask about believing survivors while simultaneously acknowledging the right of the accused to be treated fairly. When Milano did speak, she discussed defining what constitutes sexual assault.
The final question was about false accusations being nearly as despicable as sexual assault itself. Milano talked about the low percentage of false accusations discovered.
Overall, it was a good showing for the #MeToo leaders. One question was never asked, though. Is it possible the movement, which I have personally supported in the past, gone too far to favor all accusations regardless of substance or corroboration?
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